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Land your most FULFILLING job (written by MF for Brandon Hall Newsletter)

You want to find a new role, a job you can really get excited about. Think beyond the jobs you see and hear about. Make it your temporary job to seek out your dream job. How?

One way is by knowing and seeking to find elearning/learning work within your area of passion/personal interests. You know, what you want to do when you retire. Research the possibilities of combining that with your current professional career. Example – if you are a learning professional, and love anything from… Continue

Added by on December 15, 2008 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Current openings (as of last week, really)

Avondale Search International is currently seeking:

• Senior Instructional Designer, Ohio

• Manager, Innovative Learning Technologies, Ohio

• Dean of Information Technology School (online university), PhD required

• Enterprise Sales, Instructor Led Training, Virtual, western half of the US preferred

• eLearning sales positions, for those with proven success selling to F2000 General Counsel decision makers (virtual)

• Sales Management, outsourced ILT Learning… Continue

Added by on December 15, 2008 at 9:06pm — No Comments

10 L&D Staff Hiring Best Practices for IT Vendors

10 L&D Staff Hiring Best Practices for IT Vendors

(as published in CEDMA newlsetter)

By William Vanderbilt

Avondale Search International

Senior Industry Consultant

One of the common complaints about the Learning and Development (L&D) function in any organization is that the group can lack relevancy to the overall business. This is particularly true in the IT vendor world where there is a constant struggle to provide relevant training on… Continue

Added by on July 6, 2008 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Manish asks: Are you a star recruiter?? What makes you feel that you are a star recruiter in the industry? Is the number of placements the only determining factor in your recruiting career history?

I feel I am a star recruiter for a few reasons but not for volume. (Although we have placed hundreds and hundreds of people over a 12 year period.)

1. I am only as good as my trusted network who have truly become friends and I thank them first and foremost!! (You know who you are :-)

2. I take the time to really understand my client's business before I accept a retained search assignment, and only if I believe I am the best recruiter for the job. After 12 years in… Continue

Added by on April 22, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

<b>How long does it take to find a new role and how do you stay sane in the interim?</b>

Coming soon:
How long does it take to find a new role and how do you stay sane in the interim?

Added by on April 14, 2008 at 12:24pm — No Comments

How effective is it to keep in touch with recruiters who only work on a retained basis?

Excellent question posed by another senior exec in my network: During an active job search, how effective is it to keep in touch with recruiters who only work on a retained basis? The key part to this question is “an active job search” as opposed to “keeping in touch”

This has nothing to do with you (!) by the way. As I’m sure you know, though, active job seekers frustrate easily and, on the other hand, retained recruiters are trying to fill positions at the same time they’re…

Added by on April 14, 2008 at 9:12am — No Comments

Recruiters perceived as rude?

A senior executive family member of mine who has worked with the worlds best search firms asks: Why don't recruiters call to tell the status of the search? Even if it's a no go, people want to know so they don't think about it anymore and can focus on other opportunities. Recruiters are perceived as rude.

When you don’t hear from us, we are probably working diligently bringing things together for you and the client. In that process we are often having privileged conversations… Continue

Added by on April 12, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

State of search during a Slump is anything but slow.....

I just had lunch the other day with a wonderfully talented VP of HR of a Fortune 1000 company whom I greatly admire. She asked me how I and my recruiter friends were faring in this economic slump.

Really, an economic slump or recession in my opinion is good for our business because it flushes out the wannabes and the job board surfers and those who just create alot of noise and useless calls to busy decisionmakers who need the help of those of us who are experienced no… Continue

Added by on April 11, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments


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